Katsina State Police Command has disclosed that only three persons died and 48 others including women were arrested in last Wednesday’s skirmishes between Shi’ite members and security operatives in Funtua town.
Katsina State Police commissioner, Mr. Usman Abdullahi, who visited Funtua where he addressed newsmen, noted that the combined team of the Department of State security and civil defence in Funtua were compelled to use minimum force to repel the protesters who insisted on advancing to the Police Area Office in Funtua.
Mr. Abdullahi further said the security operatives recovered five dane guns, cutlasses, swords and sticks among others from the suspected Shi’ite members.
He assured that all necessary measures had been taken to ensure peace in Funtua and Katsina State in general.
“For those who are trouble makers, we want to tell them that Katsina State is not safe for them because we are going to leave no stone unturned to ensure that there is peace in this state,” Abdullahi said.
Meanwhile, the state government had suspended all rallies, protests and processions indefinitely in view of recent threat to peace across many states in the North.
In a statement by the Special Assistant on Media to the Governor, Abdu Labaran Malumfashi, the government warned that any violation of the order would be decisively dealt with without prejudice to the social status of the offenders.
The statement read in part: “People are advised to go about their businesses and activities within the bounds of the law, with the full assurance that government will not allow anybody, groups or
organisations to hold the state to ransom under whatever guise.
“People of the state are also advised to report to the authorities any suspicious activities capable of endangering the peaceful atmosphere in the state. However, under no circumstances should anybody take the law into their hands.”
Security agencies, according to the statement, had been directed to ensure the effective enforcement of the directive that will remain in force until further notice.